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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

11/17/11 Micah 7

18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. 20 You will be true to Jacob, and show mercy to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our fathers in days long ago.

(Micah- James J. Tissot)

Thoughts: There are some who hold grudges forever.  Some do not show mercy to those who have hurt them.  The Old Testament as well as the New have testimonies to God's great mercy.  Micah forecasts God's wrath, but also forecasts an ending to it.  God's covenant to His people insured His mercy would come back around.  Some never give another a second chance, and believe people never change. 

John Calvin abridged: The prophet declares that God should especially be glorified for this: that He is merciful to His people.  God proves He is greater than idols in that He is graciously forgives and bears their weaknesses. The remission of sins has no foundation but in the person of God Himself.  He shows what kind of mercy He has when He says He will tread our sins underfoot and hurly our iniquity into the sea.  So there is full remission of sin, not half (as some imagine). 

Prayer: Your mercies never come to an end, Lord.  They are new every morning- great is your faithfulness to me!

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